Jazz and house newcomer Kareem Ali laces up Synapsis-012, at times some trumpet, some samples, but always solid beats and melodies as Synapsis Records presents his debut 12″; Nocturnal Respiration. Hailing from the NYC, Kareem composes eight tunes that show off his imaginative composing skills.
Can you feel it///The experience begins with jazzy chords and Kareem on the trumpet. The jazzy feelings continue as the trumpet sounds over the 7th chords.
Sands of Time///Synth melodies rain out as the beat drops and builds. A bassline appears for a second to provide a groovy intermission.
Flavor///Bouncing melodies begin as percussion strikes that leads into chords. Later voices filter into the background as another melody line sneaks into the mix.
Deep Space///Flowing arpeggiations begin as a bass line and other synth lines appear to cause a mystical swelling of sounds. No beats all heart.
In Orbit///The b side begins with crunchy beats and 7th chords. Trumpet notes ring out and flow, an B section quickly appears, and then right back to the A section.
Heart///Fast jazzy sample appears as the bpm is pushed up to give a nice flavor and variety to the vinyl. Short and sweet tune for the heads.
Solid///Classic drums start the action, quickly followed by arpeggiations and pulsating bass sound. Head knotting tune.
Portal///To end this this release, a bass sound begins and quickly joined by drums. The bass melody continues to ride in the forefront meanwhile supported by a vocal sample. Later a chord progression comes in and takes it deep.
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Murph Tone Jack Session Remixes have come up, I was planning to do a remix vinyl for at least a year. And finally the opportunity came up for me to get four reinterpretations from Chicago producers Chicago Skyway, G. Marcell, Ike Release, and Steven Tang. Their contributions expand the Jack Session with deep and rhythmic tunes that will rock from warehouse to boats.
Chicago Head (Chicago Skyway Remix)///The remix 12″ begins with hihats, melodies, and a train trip that explores the jack. Bouncing melodies accompany a story about life perceptions. The subtlies of the beats showcases Skyway’s drum programming.
Tender B (G. Marcell Tender Touch Remix)///The A side ends with classic G. Marcell percussion and drowning pads. Meanwhile the chords move in the background as a secondary broken kick pattern comes forth. The tune slowly builds and breaks as the kick drum pulsates.
Technicals (Ike Release Remix)///The B side begins with squelchy bass lines and some Murph Tone percussion sounds. Re-triggered percussion move around as the bass line continues to to tap the frequency spectrum to emotive rawness.
Tender B (Steven Tang Remix)///Ending the 12″ is a deep house jam that has the chord sound changed with a new bassline and string melody. Nice and deep is this tune.
Subtleties in music inspired the jack session album as the remixes follow this same ethos. This is the conclusion of the Murph Tone Jack Session.
Murph Tone Jack Session I
Murph Tone Jack Session II
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008 materializes from Spirit of the Black 808 with a “12 called Guerilla Shit. SB808 manifests three rough, rugged, and raw tunes in which the waveforms are stopping eardrums and woofers meanwhile experimenting but still staying true to the Chicago ethos. So we at Synapsis continue to push the underground music; hence guerilla shit!
King Kong///Percussion rings out while tom drums began as the focal point of the tune. The attention torch is passed when a detuned bass melody begins to ring out notes. Periodically vocals come and go for most of the journey while some bass staccato sounds augment the piece. This tune begins the EP with an eerie feeling as the melody line continues to articulate long and slightly dissonant notes.
Guerilla Shit///Raw percussion begins as toms bang and synth lines pulsate. Chords come in early to join the flurry momentarily. Vocals ring out as a brother tries to catch your attention. Jack mode grabs the soul as the track continues to groove. “Man, you just got hit with some Guerilla Shit!”
4dabrothasthatainthere///To finish off the EP we have the most experimental tune holding down the B side. Slowed down acid lines begin while a voice gives a shout out to the fallen brothers. Emotive chords sound as the percussion moves and moves. After each phrase new sounds and rhythms proceed to fill out the beat while a subbass plays in the lowest note registers. Meanwhile the acid line is steadily tweaking to provide a journey.
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2013 starting strong with solo releases and of course the collobaration live PA as Innerspace Halflife. As we improvise and bang out some tunes on the three machines we get ready to take this show on the road. So, ah, yeah Innerspace Halflife Live PA for 90 minutes.
I have been busy lately with machining some new release to present to the masses. Now, new Synapsis heat coming out in March and it’s from Miles Holt aka Mauser, whom has crafted a special EP for the ears.
So, yeah team Synapsis had to get a Mauser EP on wax after releasing the banger; Leger De Main on the Timeless Chicago EP. The name of this release is “The Vault EP”, acid and techno tracks from the files of Mauser. He is straight representing Chicago techno that moves heads and dancefloors. The tunes range from acid to straight techno. Ah, again a fresh fusion of Chicago elements from the Synapsis crew.
Blackman: Begins with a jazzed out acid house beat and progresses into a journey of rhythms. The appregiated melody lines, bring out your inner jack as the acid lines sneaks up on you so sweetly. Yes, I’m jacking to the pulse with the four on the floor!
Dancin: Previously released on the digital only Jack Pulse EP (synapsis002), Dancin is built on a melody line that constantly filters together with sparse sounds and vocals that say, dancin. What an acid banger, seriously you will start dancin.
Binary: A Video game synth is abundant in this track, Mauser turns this sound into a jacking melody. I’m appreciating this Chicago techno story. Bounce, bounce, bounce.
Regenerate: says, “Time for the techno beatdown.” Mauser shows us his love for techno as Regenerate moves and bangs.
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